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Band Announcements - Week of November 17th

Now is the time to sign up for a Solo or Small Ensemble!  The first round audition is Wednesday, December 17th.  Students are welcome to look through our files or play something they’ve been working on in lessons.  Please have music checked with us to see that it is appropriate for contest.  (No movie, Brodway, pop, Disney music, etc.)

The Junior/Senior Band has been asked to perform at the Nebraska Music Educators State Convention on Thursday, November 20th at 8:00am on the stage at the Lied Center. Parents are welcome to attend but must email Glenda Pierce to reserve a name badge.  Itineraries will be handed out/posted on Tuesday.  Transportation will be provided, except for UNL Math Day participants. Itinerary

Brass Choir continues.  Performances will soon be announced.

Pep Band’s first rehearsal is tonight from 5:30-7:00 in the band room.

Assignment Recordings

Color Guard

Music Individual


Visual Individual

Visual Ensemble


Fund-raising Information

  • Fundraisers - The Time is NOW!
    Holiday wreaths and swags.  Support the band and order a beautiful, fresh and locally-made Holiday Wreath or Swag!  Wreaths are $20 and swags are $15.  Order forms are attached and all orders, including payment, must be placed by November 17. (Order forms will also be available at the next Band Booster Meeting on November 6). 

    Wreaths and swags will be available for pick up on Saturday, December 6, in the band room.

    Prizes!  Top 5 sellers will each receive a $20 gift certificate to Dunkin Donuts. 
    Thank you Brenda Chebuar, Annette Converse and Stephanie Bleess for coordinating the wreath and swag sales!

    Swag/Wreath Info | Swag/Wreath Order Form | Swag/Wreath extra form
    Bakers Holiday Chocolates
    Bakers Chocolates in Holiday Boxes are available for sale for $6.50 per box.  These excellent chocolates, made in Greenwood, NE, make excellent stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, and gifts for teachers, co-workers, neighbors and all of the special people in your lives.  Who doesn't like chocolate!!

    The candy will be available for pickup at the next Booster Meeting on November 6and until we are sold out!

    Thank you Sue Carraher for coordinating the Bakers Chocolate sales!


    Marcus Theatre Ticket Sales

    Marcus Theatre Tickets make excellent gifts for any occasion. With the holiday season gearing up, why not have a stockpile of certificates on hand!  There are specific gift packages available including gift cards.  The band receives 15% of sales and for every two tickets you purchase, you receive a $3 voucher for concessions. To ensure tickets in time for Christmas, please submit your order and payment by DECEMBER 1.  Link to order forms and more detailed information below.

    Instructions | Order Sheet

    15% of student's total sales will be placed in the general band account.  Any student who sells over $300 gets two free movie passes and a complimentary $3.00 Concession voucher

    Thank you to Linda Essman for coordinating Marcus Theatre Ticket sales.

    Fundraising and Band Contribution
    For those of you who plan to make your $90 band contribution through fundraising, selling the Holiday Wreaths, Swags and Bakers Chocolates provides that opportunity!   
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    Order sheet

    Meet the Assistant Director

    Mr. Kenney received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in May, 2012. After completing his student teaching at Lincoln East High School, he applied for and was offered the position of Assistant Band Director at East. His primary focus as an instructor there now is to teach Music Technology, Music Theory, and Guitar 1 & 2 while assisting Mr. Thorpe, Mrs. Smith, and Mr. Whitman in other music areas. Mr. Kenney will direct the Pep Band, Brass Choir, musical pit, and is the Tri-M music honor society sponsor and the technology chair for the music department. He met his wife, Catelyn, as a Resident Assistant at the University of Nebraska.

    Minutes for October Band Booster Meeting

    Stay informed

    Email Roster for Band Boosters and Band Members:  If you would like to receive updates in this manner, please send your email address to John Harroun at  (East High does NOT provide Email addresses to the Band Boosters.) Please include the name of your student and their grade.

    The Band Program
    Students at Lincoln East are very fortunate to have a wide variety of quality music ensemble opportunities. Below is a brief summary of each group and its role in the East Band Program. These ensembles can be subdivided into two major groups: Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular.

    Co-curricular ensembles meet during the school day and you must be enrolled through Lincoln East to participate. You receive a grade for these ensembles and therefore must adhere to the grading requirements set forth by each class.

    Extra-Curricular ensembles are not classes. They typically meet outside the school day and in no way are required to be in Band at East. They are meant to be extra opportunities that are open to East Band students.

    Band Staff

    Mr. Tom Thorpe, Director;
    Mr. Paul Kenney, Assistant Director;
    Mr. Del Whitman, Assistant Director & Department Chair;

    Ms. Jessica Merten, Color Guard Coordinator
    Mr. Aaron Bush, Drumline Instructor

    Fine Arts Calendar - 2014/2015 (print) 


    since September 23, 2009